Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is an inclusive programme that will transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls and those in the margins of society– through education.

In 2021 there were 199,001 girls enrolled in Primary 1 (P1) but only 11,275 in Secondary 4 (S4). GESS is on a mission to change that. Here's how:



Behaviour Change Communication
Behaviour Change Communication

Creating an enabling social-cultural environment for supporting girls’ education through social and behaviour change communication through radio and community outreach.

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Cash Transfers
Cash Transfers

Direct payments made to girls regularly attending school to help them buy things they need, and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.

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Capitation Grants
Capitation Grants

Providing reliable funding to schools to remove registration fees for students and parents, reduce the cost of education and encourage families to send their children to school.

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Quality Education
Quality Education

Offering practical support to schools, teachers and education managers to improve the quality of education, decrease drop-out and repetition rates.

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Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning
Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning

Studying and understand more about the issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while at school.

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Stories of Change

Using EdTech to Monitor Enrolment

Since the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme phase one began in 2013, it has been distributing Pupils’ Admission Registers (PARs) to schools to collect enrolment data for both learners and teachers. These physical registers were distributed to all GESS-supported schools across all ten states and the three administrative areas…

A school management committee empowered to construct additional learning spaces

Nyangore Primary School is a government school in Ulang County, Upper Nile State, established in 2011. The school includes classes from Primary 1 to Primary 8, a nursery school and an afternoon Accelerated Learning Programme. The school had a total of 539 (261 girls and 278 boys) learners in the…

Where we work

GESS Statistics Summary

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